COVID-19 – Student Advice & Updates
Last updated 30th October
The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic continues to have an effect upon CIMA studies. It is your responsibility to stay up-to-date, and important that you are aware of the impact that it is having on CIMA and what this means for your exams.
We advise that you carefully monitor CIMA’s Coronavirus updates page. On this page you will find useful links for tracking the impact on exams and events in your specific location, as well as other useful advice that you may find helpful in the current situation.
We also advise you to monitor Pearson Vue’s Coronavirus updates page. This page contains vital information about the impact on exam centres, and requirements for students who wish to take exams online or in-person.
02/10/2020 – Some exam centres now offering 24-Hour testing
To reduce crowding, some exam centres are now offering tests 24 hour per day. When booking your exam, please make sure you dpouble-check whether you are booking for AM or PM.
25/09/2020 – Face masks now REQUIRED at Pearson Vue testing centres
If you wish to attend an exam in-person at a Pearson Vue testing centre, you are now required to wear a compliant face mask to limit potential exposure and spread of the COVID-19 infection. You will also be required to sanatise your hands upon arrival. Find more information about hygiene at Pearson Vue here.
06/07/2020 – Exam centres reopening
Exam centres are beginning to reopen. You can find out if your local test centre is open by heading to the Pearson Vue website. Although test centres are reopening, remote exams will continue to be available and CIMA plan to continue making remote exams available even after all test centres have reopened.
22/04/2020 – Exam scheduling now open for remote exams
You can now book your remote exam. To do so, you need to follow the normal exam scheduling process via the CIMA website. You can book your objective test exams starting from 4th May and your May case study exams for the originally scheduled exam dates.
07/04/2020 – Objective Test exams starting soon
The certificate and professional level Objective Test exams are scheduled to begin on Monday 4th May 2020. These exams will be home-based exams, so will be slightly different to the exams you are used to. Head over to the Pearson Vue website to try the practice tests. Please note that you will need to be signed in to be able to view the practice tests.
27/03/2020 – May 2020 Case Study exams to go ahead
CIMA have announced that the Case Study exams for May 2020 are scheduled to go ahead. However, given that test centres are likely to be closed for the foreseeable future, CIMA are making plans for Case Study students to take the exams at home. More information will be released by CIMA in the coming weeks, so stay tuned.
About the remote exams…
CIMA exams are available to sit remotely. This includes Certificate, Operational Theory and Case Study exams of all levels.
There have been lots of questions about the remote exams, so to help you out CIMA have provided some really useful resources that we hope will answer any questions you might have:
Also, make sure you check out our CIMA remote exams Q&A video, where Nick Best spoke with CIMA and helped answer your most pressing questions.
What does it mean for Astranti?
As a precautionary measure, our team members are now working remotely. This is to prevent any potential spread of infection throughout the company should any of our staff show any symptoms.
As an online business, we are still fully functional and do not expect to have to stop operations at any point throughout the duration of the coronavirus outbreak. We will continue to support and offer you advice throughout your studies over the coming weeks and months.
Advice for home working & studying
If you are working and studying from home, you must do so as effectively as possible.
For support with balancing your work-life-study time at home, we recommend that you join our student-led Facebook groups. There are already lots of suggestions for you to incorporate into your own home-working, as well as many other CIMA exam hints and tips from both your fellow students and our Astranti tutors.
Join the discussions in the groups below: